KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Immigration reform advocates gathered in Kansas City, Kan., and said contrary to popular rhetoric, most Kansans support immigration reform.
Organizers said the town hall meeting Saturday attracted hundreds of people from Kansas, Iowa, Colorado and Rhode Island.
The Kansas City Star reports ( http://bit.ly/18Oa5XM) that after the meeting a group also went to the Wyandotte County home of Kansas Secretary of State Kobach and left about 20 pairs of shoes at his doorstep. Armando Minjarez, a member of Sunflower Community Action, one of the event coordinators, said the shoes represent parents who’ve been deported since 2008.
Congress is battling over comprehensive immigration changes.
Kobach has built a national profile presenting tough policies on illegal immigration issues. He and his family apparently weren’t home during the protest at his home.
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Go Fish’s free concert will start at 4 p.m. in Platte’s South Park.
PLATTE — Does anybody have access to a free concert this weekend?
The third-annual Reign Fest will take place Sunday in Platte, with Christian band Go Fish slated to perform a free concert. The concert is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in Platte’s South Park.
“It’s just a platform to … give people and families, the opportunity to take their kids out to hear the word of God through different forms of entertainment,” said Amy Ringling, one of the event’s coordinators. “That’s our main goal.”
Another goal, she said, has been to keep it a free event. She said the local churches of Platte and Geddes work together to coordinate the event. Church contributions, combined with individual donations, and a free-will offering taken the day of the concert, cover concert costs.
In the past, Ringling said the event tried to have separate musical performers and speakers. This year, however, Go Fish will be the only act.
“In the past we had a little bit more going on,” Ringling said. “We just kind of scaled it back a little this year, just to simplify things.”
“It will still be amazing,” she added.
Ringling said event organizers are looking forward to Go Fish being the only act, so the band can put on a longer concert than when it performed at Reign Fest two years ago.
“They’ll be challenging people in their faith a little bit, talking about what it means to be a Christian,” Ringling said. “We’re kind of excited about that part of it.”
Go Fish, a band that started about 20 years ago, has seen success on the Christian pop charts, but now focuses on making music for children. Within the last five years, the group also created a children’s curriculum, used in vacation Bible school and Christmas ministries.
Ringling said after using vacation Bible school material from Go Fish, it sparked the original idea.
“We said, ‘Wow, wouldn’t that be cool if we could get them to come here?’ ” Ringling said. “They’re good guys, very down to earth and we’re excited to have them back.”
Mark Campbell, vice president/general manager of Go Fish Resources, said Platte’s event caught the attention of the Twin Cities-based group.
“We really loved how all the churches were working together to create something for the entire community,” Campbell said in an email to The Daily Republic. “We look forward to meeting many of the kids and their families that have been using the curriculum this week, plus everyone else that comes out to Reign Fest. This is exactly the kind of event we want to include on our schedule.”
Concessions will open at 3 p.m. Ringling encouraged people to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating at the park. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Platte Armory.
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Event organizers are invited to breakfast by the Chamber of Commerce as part of their Event and Festival Planners Workshop.
The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. June 14 at the CommerceCenter with the purpose of sharing ideas, providing networking opportunities and having speakers talk about grant opportunities, entertainers, and vendors.
The topic of discussion for this workshop will be steps to take after an event is finished.
For more information, contact Tourism Director Theresa Carter at email@example.com.
NACHES, Wash.–They went in clean and came out multi-colored.
Five-hundred people took part in the Color Naches Fun Run Sunday. The 5k started at the Naches Depot and finished up at Applewood Park.
Organizers hoped to raise around $10,000. The money will be split between the Naches Girls Volleyball Boosters Club and the Yakima Greenway Kiddin’ Around program.
“I thought people like to get dirty and contrary to people’s beliefs people will pay to get dirty,” said Felicia Sanchez, one of the event coordinators. “So I think that this was a fantastic event to test out in the Yakima area.”
This was the first ever color run in the Yakima Valley, and it proved to be a huge success. The event immediately sold out.
Coordinators said they’ll make it even bigger next year and try to include up to 1,500 people.
The Westchester County Health Department continues to investigate whether Norovirus is to blame for making people sick at the the Hilton Westchester, which is where the Pelham Picture House’s “Big Night Spring Gala” was held. The Health Department got a number of reports that some people got sick after attending weekend events at the Rye Brook hotel.
At this point, officials think people got sick from Norovirus, which is a stomach bug. Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is part of a group of viruses that can cause acute gastrointestinal discomfort and illness. The Health Department continues to reach out to people who may have been affected in an effort to find the source of the illness. Officials say they don’t know how many people were affected.
The Westchester County Health Department had inspectors at the hotel on a daily basis, all the way through this weekend. The inspectors are are reviewing sanitary procedures throughout the hotel.
The Health Department says it’s coordinating its response with the organizers of the Pelham Picture House’s gala event and other event coordinators who held events that weekend at the hotel. Department officials say that the hotel staff is being cooperative and is telling organizers of future events about the recent illnesses.
Movie stars, such as Isabella Rossellini, attended the Pelham Picture House’s “Big Night Spring Gala.”
Here is some more information from the Westchester County Health Department about Norovirus:
BEDFORD, Ohio — Nearly 45 area students showed off their Olympic talents Saturday at Bedford High School.
It was the first-ever Regional Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.
Students from Bedford and Berea city schools along with the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities competed in events like the shot-put, 100 meter dash, relays and long jumps.
The event kicked off with an Olympic-style parade of athletes at Bearcat Stadium.
Organizers said the students have been preparing for the competition for weeks.
“Just to see it on their faces when they paraded in, and their names were announced along with their affiliation,” said Diane Schentur, one of the event coordinators. “As you see an athlete finish an event and run across that finish line with the fans cheering, it’s amazing.”
The event is meant to qualify students to compete at the Special Olympics state level competition set for later this year.
Organizers hope to make the regional competition an annual event.
An opportunity to show support for victims of sexual assault in Greene County is coming right up.
The second annual “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” event will be April 25 at the Greene County Courthouse in Bloomfield.
Organizers have set a deadline of Wednesday to register, if you want the T-shirt in time for the walk.
“Walk a Mile in their Shoes” is an awareness day to focus attention on the reality of sexual assault in our local community. It’s part of the nationwide Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The event is sponsored by the Greene County Sexual Assault Task Force, a group of individuals in the local criminal justice system and others who help victims cope with sexual assaults, and work to prevent these incidents by raising awareness in the community. The task force was organized by the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office.
In years past, the awareness day has featured releases of live butterflies, balloon launches, and they’ve planted trees in honor of local women who survived sexual assaults.
Last year, the Task Force launched the first “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” event to give both women and men a chance to participate and increase awareness that victims are not just women, but men as well. It’s a chance for both men and women to come together to show their desire to end sexual assaults.
Event coordinators Nicole Stahl and Vickie Aydt, who both serve as victim’s advocates in the prosecutor’s office, said last year’s turnout exceeded their expectations. Approximately 65 participants came out to walk and they all had a great time. They’re hoping even more want to walk this year.
To make the walk, men are asked to bring a pair of heels or other women’s shoes, and women are asked to bring a pair of work boots or other men’s shoes.
When the walk begins at 11 a.m., walkers will slip on the shoes they’ve brought with them and “Walk a Mile in their Shoes.”
They’ll walk for a mile around the courthouse square.
To register prior to the event, contact Stahl or Aydt at the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, 384-4998.
A registration fee of $10 includes a T-shirt. If you are registered by April 17, your T-shirt will be available to wear on the day of the walk.
Proceeds from the event go to support the educational work of the Greene County Sexual Assault Task Force, the training of sexual assault nurse examiners, and the supplies needed to perform exams in the emergency room of Greene County General Hospital.
Participants are to report to a registration table at the courthouse prior to the start of the walk.
If you cannot walk in the event but would like to support the work of the Task Force, donations are welcome — call 384-4998 for more information.
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Children from all over South Carolina sat on the state Capitol’s steps and showed off their reading skills. The kids did it to show the state how important reading is to their education.
Cocky and the Clemson Tiger showed up to cheer the children on as they held signs and rallied about reading.
“Through the read in we have the students here, you can see how engaged they are, how excited they are about reading and letting out community know how much they value reading and literacy as part of their education,” said Ida Thompson, one of the event’s coordinators.
Counting the grown-ups, organizers said more than 2,000 people, one tiger and one gamecock took part in the read-in.
Facebook puts limits on event invites
Facebook has established new restrictions for how many event invites a user can send at one time and how many pending invites an event can have, according to users who are seeing a notification preventing them from inviting more friends.
The Facebook Help Center confirms that users cannot send more than 100 event invites at a time and an event can only have 300 pending invites at once. This could hinder the efforts of some event planners or promoters, but also help users avoid getting too many invitations they aren’t relevant to them. As a result, event organizers might experiment with Facebook’s paid options for promoting events to users who are most likely to be interested in them.
The social network has long had different mechanisms in place to limit spam and unwanted invitations, but this latest cap seems to be a development from some time in March or before. Social media author Mari Smith pointed out these rules last week, and user Cory Wijnhamer provided a screenshot of the notification he saw to AllFacebook:
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